Lafayette and battle of Brandywine dominate Mowday presentations in September

September 5, 2023

Lafayette and battle of Brandywine

dominate talks in September

by author Bruce E. Mowday 

        WEST CHESTER _ Lafayette and the battle of Brandywine dominate the talks by author Bruce E. Mowday during September.

“Lafayette is an American hero,” Mowday said. “The young Frenchman was wounded at Brandywine on September 11, 1777. In September 1781, Lafayette was battling British General Cornwallis in Virginia. The campaign led to the surrender of the British army at Yorktown on October 19, 1781.”

Mowday began the month in Annapolis on Sunday. Lafayette visited Annapolis four times including during his travels to Yorktown.

Mowday wrote three books on the battle of Brandywine and Lafayette. His work September 11, 1777: Washington’s Defeat at Brandywine Dooms Philadelphia was the first detailed look at the battle. His book Lafayette at Brandywine: The Making of American Hero details the importance of Brandywine and Lafayette and Lafayette’s contributions to the American freedom. His third book is Lafayette: America’s Young Hero & Guest. The book is for students and young adults.

Lafayette was a Mason and Mowday gives a talk on September 6 to the Mason’s High Twelve Club in Frasier.

On September 10, Mowday will speak at The Mill at Anselma, 1730 Conestoga Road, Chester Sprints, at 3:00 p.m. He will give an update on the upcoming Lafayette Bicentennial Celebration on September 11 at Kendal at Longwood at 7:00 p.m. Mowday is chair of the Lafayette Bicentennial Brandywine Committee.

Chester County Library, 450 Exton Square Parkway, Exton on September 13 at 6:00 p.m. hosts a talk on the battle of Brandywine and Lafayette. Reservations are suggested, see This is the third and final presentation this year by Mowday at the library. His first two presentations were on the Johnston gang and Gettysburg. Mowday wrote three books on each subject.

On September 14, Mowday will be leading a Hershey’s Mill bus tour on early Pennsylvania history. Prelude to Freedom is the first of four such bus tours. The tour is filled and a second tour will take place in October.

Two events by the American Friends of Lafayette and Artillery Brewery of West Chester and Drexel Hill will take place on September 16 to introduce a new beer named for Lafayette. The first one is at noon at 4221 Ferne Blvd., Drexel Hill at Artillery Brewery. The beer is featured by Artillery during the Union professional soccer match at Subaru Park, Chester, in the evening.

Chadds Ford Days take place on the Brandywine battlefield at Chadds Ford Historical Society. On September 17, Mowday will be signing books beginning at 10:00 a.m. and at 3:00 p.m. he’ll be giving a talk on Lafayette and an update of the Bicentennial tour.

Mowday will also be signing his books during Paoli Heritage Days, from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. at the Paoli Battlefield, Malvern.

Besides his American Revolution books, Mowday has written on Gettysburg, true crime, business and sports. For all of his books, see To schedule a talk or purchase signed copies of his books, contact Mowday at

On September 7 at 7:00 p.m. Mowday will be talking about Pickett’s Charge: The Untold Story before the Brandywine Valley Civil War Round table. At the Tel Hai Retirement Community, Honey Brook, on September 18 at 2:15 p.m., Mowday will give a talk on the Johnston gang.